Do You Have a Current Photo of Your Child?

If I asked you to provide a current photograph of your child, could you do it RIGHT NOW in 30 seconds or less?

Some of you will say “Yes, absolutely!” and show me your phone which proudly contains a picture of Junior, taken just this weekend.  Or perhaps you’ll open your wallet and hand me this year’s school picture.

Others will tell me they have to get to their computer, desk or fireplace mantle at home before they could provide me with a semi-current photo of their bundle of joy.

Yet others will show me an adorable photo of their little one, taken years earlier.  And still a group of you will sheepishly admit that no, you don’t have a photo of your child readily available.

Consider every parent’s nightmare – an abduction of their child.  No one likes to think about the possibility that one of their children could ever be kidnapped.  All one needs to do is turn on the news or perform an online search, keywords: “child abducted” to find a number of parents who are living this nightmare.

Timing is of the essence in finding a missing child; every minute and hour is crucial.  Can you even imagine receiving the news that your child was taken, and then trying to locate a current photograph of your son or daughter in the midst of the chaos?   Eliminate the possibility that you could waste precious moments on this task and ensure you have a current photograph you could provide to the police within 30 seconds.

On the back of the photograph, or on a separate wallet card if you only have digital photos, list vital, current information specific to that child.  It’s common to list little Johnnie’s name, grade, age and year on the back of school photographs.

Though for the one you will carry, include full name, date of birth, current height/weight, eye and hair color, any visible markings such as scars or birthmarks, blood type, and contact information for your child’s dentist.

It goes without saying that should this horrific situation ever become a reality you will want the authorities to do absolutely everything in their power to bring your baby home safely.  Expedite the search process by having this critical information available and accessible at a moment’s notice.

Wallet or phone photos of babies and young children should be updated every six months, at a minimum. School aged children should be updated at least once each year.

Please take care of this essential issue today; it’s too important to procrastinate.

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